MINSK, 16 May (BelTA) - The current CSTO summit is very timely, Professor at Lomonosov Moscow State University, political scientist Andrei Manoilo told the Belarus 1 TV channel, BelTA informs.
"The summit is very timely. The West has imposed sanctions against Russia and Belarus. A special operation is in progress in Ukraine. In these conditions, new challenges and threats are emerging, which fall within the purview of the CSTO. Because those countries that support Nazism in Ukraine are beginning to threaten both Russia and Belarus," Andrei Manoilo said.
The political scientist stated that activity along the borders of Russia and Belarus is visible. "All this is about collective security. The summit is an opportunity to, firstly, compare notes, and secondly, to show that the world has not become safer, with new challenges and threats. These threats, if they are not confronted on distant frontiers now, will definitely come to those countries that have decided to take some detached position," he added.
Moscow is hosting a "meeting of the leaders" of the member countries of the Collective Security Treaty Organization. The event is timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty and the 20th anniversary of the organization.